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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 56 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The 2 bedroom cottage and 1 bedroom barn (only let together) have been lovingly restored with a great deal of care and personal attention by the owners who are keen to share their house with other families when they are not in residence.

The properties retain most of their original features, with original chestnut beamed ceilings throughout, and wooden and terracotta flooring. There is a large fireplace in the living room there, as well as an open fire in the barn. For summer living there is also a fully equipped 'outdoor' kitchen meaning there is no need to enter the house from dawn til dusk!

The extensive patio area boasts the most fantastic views of the mountains, and is high above Barga which is a beautiful city lit up at night, creating a very romantic place to Eat 'al fresco' and for enjoying those last glasses of wine of the day! The property is located high in the mountains, thus ensuring it is never 'too' hot, and it really feels it is possible to touch the stars at night!

The private 'infinity style' swimming pool is above the houses so as not to totally spoil the traditional feel of the property, and to ensure it remains totally out of sight.

The view from the pool is wonderful and the style of pool means it feels one is swimming in the mountains .... There is also a stepped area for paddling / sitting in the water.

The owners are very keen to share their love of the area, and will be happy to provide for all your needs when they come up to check all is fine.

This is a true retreat staying in your own private part of Italy, and it will be difficult to tear yourselves away !I

If you do venture outside, then Barga with its numerous shops, restaurants, open air concerts, mediaeval town, river and Duomos are only a 10 minute drive - what a perfect location!

Not suitable for elderly due to steep Climb to the pool. The owners also keep bees, and will no doubt give you some honey. The hives are away from the house and pool.

Fuller information:

Cottage Ground floor:

Large entrance hall, with dresser.

Living / dining room with open fireplace, Full Sat TV package, stereo and wifi

Farmhouse kitchen with large eating table, separate 4 ringed hob, fridge and microwave, dishwasher.

Door leading onto:

Extensive patio area overlooking the town of Barga.

Outside eating furniture, and sun beds.

Outside clay pizza oven (the owners will show you how to use this if you wish to have a go), and fully operational chestnut drying house.

From the patio there is an 'outside kitchen', with modern oven and hob, freezer, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a further shower room, so that the house can be redundant during the day if you wish!

Upstairs:

One double bedroom, One twin bedroom, Extensive 'landing' area with pellet burning stove, and sofa bed. Modern shower room.

Barn:

Ground floor: Living area with large windows and arched doorway out to patio, separated from the kitchen/dining area by a circular working fireplace which sits in the middle of the room and therefore heats the entire floor.

Kitchen has oven, hob, fridge, washine machine… living area has working fireplace, dvd player.

First floor:

Up the spiral staircase there is a lovely romantic double aspect 4 poster bedroom with doors placed opposite the bed, to take advantage of the wonderful views.

There is also a good sized modern shower room.

Outside:

Infinity style pool with Roman Steps - it feels as though one is swimming in the mountains! Pool is 10M x 5M. Covered relaxing at the pool area as well as sunbathing area.

There is also a fridge by the pool to keep your drinks cool!

Extensive patio area outside of houses, including wood oven and BBQ.

NB - We are able to offer the main house (sleeps 4+2) with exclusivity (barn closed for privacy) in May, June and September for £750.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Forte dei Marmi 56 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa 78 km, Nearest railway: Barga-Gallicano 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Tuscany region

The Tuscan Region of Italy is well known for its warm balmy summers, beautiful countryside, rolling hills, mouth - watering food, and of course its towns and villages, rich with mediaeval architecture…

The Garfagnana region of Tuscany, often known as its 'Green Lung' is situated away from the milling crowds that can often be found at the most famous Tuscan locations and is totally unspoilt, remaining untouched by tourism.

The scenery is spectacular, green and mountainous with views of both the Apuane and Appenine mountains at every turn…And, due to the altitude whilst the weather can be very hot, it is always pleasantly cool for sleeping…

The food is usually home made, using home grown produce, and is typically simple and extremely tasty. Prices here remain very reasonable due to the fact that food is prepared with the locals, and not tourists in mind…The local wine is cheap and surprisingly drinkable!

The pace of life is slow and peaceful – spend your days enjoying secluded picnics, swimming in rivers, or watching locals play bocce or 'cheese throwing'. Visit hundreds of ancient hill top villages, or relax at home basking in stunning scenery.

For 'townie' days, visit the mediaeval towns of Barga, Lucca, Castelnuovo, with Pisa and Florence within easy reach too…

This is Olde Worlde Italy

Barga

Pegnana is set just 10 minutes from Barga, which itself is 45 minutes North of Lucca, 1 hr from Pisa; 1.5 hrs Florence; 2.25 hrs Siena; 1 hour coast. Airports - Pisa (1hr 10 mins); Florence (90mins);Genoa (2.5 hrs); Bologna (2.5hrs). Barga, the closest town is a beautiful medieval hill-top town, situated approximately 45 minutes North of Lucca.The town boasts cobbled hilly streets, fantastic views, an abundance of churches; 3 bridges, and a duomo. There is also a large outdoor community swimming pool surrounded by the Alpuan Alps.

Barga is well known in the area for its good restaurants, and also for its open air concerts held overlooking the town. Jazz; opera, and the classics, are performed, quite often free of charge.The town is well located to serve as a base for exploring either by car, or by train, the more well known sites of Lucca(45 mins), Florence (1.5hrs), Siena(2.25 hrs), and the seaside town of Viareggio (1 hr). The famous caves of Grotto di Vento are circa 20 mins away.The completely unspoilt area of Garfagnana, further North is also easy to explore, with its Natural Parks, mountains, hill top villages, and panoramic views at every turn!

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  • 5 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:16 Aug 2014

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